1 Feb 2012

Dhoni would stand aside for "better" captain

6:36 am on 1 February 2012

India's under fire cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says he would readily step aside if there was a suitable replacement available.

Since Dhoni took charge three and a half years ago, India had won the Twenty20 and 50 over World Cups, and become the top-ranked test playing nation, before a spectacular decline which started in England last year when they lost the test series 4-nil.

Dhoni missed India's last test in Adelaide, having incurred a one-match ban for the team's slow over rate in Perth, but his leadership was as much criticised as the senior batsmen's failure in the 4-0 series loss in Australia.